Future NBA player Zion Williamson says ‘I wouldn’t be here without my mom’

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — When Zion Williamson was selected as the number one pick in the NBA draft, there was one person he knew deserved all the credit — his beloved mother.

The 6-foot, 7-inch, 285 pound former Duke University superstar was taken by the New Orleans Pelicans Thursday night.

But the 18-year-old knew he wouldn’t have achieved his b-ball dreams without his mom, Sharonda. The doting mom “put her dreams aside for me,” he told ABC News.

“My mom sacrificed a lot for me. I wouldn’t be here without my mom,” Williamson added. “She did everything for me. I just want to thank her.”

And his mom couldn’t be prouder.

“He’s worked since [he was] 5 for this moment,” she said. “To watch his hard work pay off…to watch this, we’re so happy for him. We’re so happy.”

“Good Morning America” co-anchor Robin Roberts sat with Williamson earlier this week. The topics ranged from basketball to first-name fame — LeBron, Shaq and Zion have all been number one picks — to, of course, his mom.

She was the toughest coach Williamson ever had, the superstar said.

“We’d be in the car ride home after my middle school games and my stepdad would be like, ‘Yeah, that was a great game.'”

“My mom would be like, ‘Good game?'” he continued. “‘You missed a pass there. You didn’t shoot it here.'”

“Her being my biggest critic was the best thing for me, actually,” Williamson said.

And now comes the hard part for Williamson — playing in the NBA against the world’s best basketball players. But it’s a challenge he’s “dreamed” about since he was a child.

“For it to actually happen,” he said, tears streaming down his face, “I just thank God for it.”

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Posted On 21 Jun 2019

Pelicans take Zion Williamson with No. 1 NBA draft pick

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ABC News(NEW YORK) — Zion Williamson plays with force and ferocity, a Hulk in hightops who looks as though he’d never show a soft side.

Draft night proved otherwise.

Williamson was the No. 1 pick of the New Orleans Pelicans — a surprise to nobody who watched basketball this past season. But afterward, he couldn’t hide his emotions, even though he along with everyone else knew what would happen Thursday night.

“Because I love the game of basketball,” he said. “You can hear people say things like, ‘Oh, that it was likely I was going to go number one.’ But I guess you don’t know until you actually go through it. Hearing my name called and I was able to make it on stage without a tear, shake the commissioner’s hand, but in the interview my mom was standing beside me, and my emotions just took over.”

The 6-foot-7, 285-pounder compiled a career worth of highlights into just one season, becoming the third freshman to be voted player of the year by the Associated Press.

His assault on the rims made him a favorite of college basketball fans, but his game is more than just dunks. Williamson averaged 22.6 points and 8.9 rebounds while shooting 68 percent from the field.

Williamson will step into an open position in New Orleans, which recently agreed to trade all-star Anthony Davis, the last freshman to win the AP award, to the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Memphis Grizzlies also quickly addressed a positional need by taking Murray State’s Ja Morant with the No. 2 pick. The Grizzlies agreed to trade Mike Conley, their longtime point guard, to Utah a day earlier.

RJ Barrett then made it two Duke freshmen within the top three picks when the New York Knicks took the guard who actually edged out Williamson to lead the Atlantic Coast Conference in scoring. Knicks fans hoped they would get Williamson after finishing with the worst record in the league but seemed happy to end up with Barrett, loudly cheering and chanting “RJ! RJ!” when the pick was announced.

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Posted On 21 Jun 2019

Tampa Bay gets OK from MLB to explore Montreal

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33ft/iStock(NEW YORK) — Starved for fans despite success on the field, the Tampa Bay Rays have been given the go-ahead by Major League Baseball to look into playing a split season in Montreal.

No timetable for the possible plan was announced. An idea under consideration is for the Rays to play early in the season in Tampa Bay and finish up in Montreal, the former home of the Expos.

Commissioner Rob Manfred made the announcement Thursday at the end of the owners’ meetings, saying the executive council had granted the Rays “broad permission to explore what’s available.”

Manfred said it’s too soon to detail the particulars — as in where the team would play postseason games, or in what stadiums. He did not address whether this would be a step toward a full move.

“It’s an interesting kind of idea,” Rays outfielder/infielder Brandon Lowe said before playing at Oakland on Thursday night. “It’s in the future. It’s so far ahead of us that it’s going to be big news right now, but I feel like a lot of us are just kind of, ‘it happened, we saw it,’ but that’s really all it is.”

Still, that was plenty enough to spark excitement in Canada, where the Expos played from 1969-2004 before moving to Washington and becoming the Nationals.

With their introductions in French and English, jaunty organ music, goofy mascot Youppi! and fun tricolor logo, Les Expos flourished for years with a truly international flair.

Rays principal owner Stu Sternberg, in a statement, said: “My priority remains the same, I am committed to keeping baseball in Tampa Bay for generations to come.”

“I believe this concept is worthy of serious exploration,” he added.

Forget it, St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman said. Tropicana Field is located in his city.

“I want to be crystal clear. The Rays cannot explore playing any Major League Baseball games in Montreal, or anywhere else for that matter, prior to 2028 without reaching a formal memorandum of understanding with the city of St. Petersburg,” he said.

Tampa Bay is averaging 14,546 fans per home game, ahead of only the Miami Marlins. The Rays have played at Tropicana Field since their inception in 1998 and drew their lowest home crowd of 5,786 against Toronto last month.

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Posted On 21 Jun 2019

Scoreboard roundup — 6/20/19

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iStock(NEW YORK) — Here are the scores from Thursday’s sports events:

MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL

AMERICAN LEAGUE
Texas 4, Cleveland 2
NY Yankees 10, Houston 6
Toronto 7, LA Angels 5, 10 Innings
Kansas City 4, Minnesota 1
Oakland 5, Tampa Bay 4
Seattle 5, Baltimore 2

NATIONAL LEAGUE
Colorado 6, Arizona 4, 10 Innings
Washington 7, Philadelphia 4
Miami 7, St. Louis 6, 11 Innings
Chi Cubs 7, NY Mets 4
Cincinnati 7, Milwaukee 1
LA Dodgers 9, San Francisco 8

WOMEN’S NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION
Dallas 69, Phoenix 54
Washington 95, Las Vegas 72

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Posted On 21 Jun 2019